Baseball, with Ernest Withers 

2nd Friday Art Night.

Willie Mays (left), former N.Y. Giant Lou Chiozza and Hank Thompson at the Lorraine Hotel, 1953.
  • Willie Mays (left), former N.Y. Giant Lou Chiozza and Hank Thompson at the Lorraine Hotel, 1953.

Ernest C. Withers, the photojournalist known for his pictures of Memphis, musicians and the civil rights movement, will exhibit his pictures of athletes in the “Negro League Baseball” exhibit opening Friday, April 14, at Hearne Fine Art.

Lucky baseball fans (of which there are more than a few): Hot on the heels of the Historic Arkansas Museum’s exhibit, “The National Pastime in Black and White,” which went down last month, comes Hearne’s show, which features Withers’ silver gelatin prints of Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson and other greats. Withers will be in Little Rock for the reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. opening night, 2nd Friday Art Night downtown.

Withers will sign his books “Negro Baseball League: Photographs by Ernest C.Withers” and “The Memphis Blues Again: Six Decades of Memphis Music Photographs” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 15; a portion of sales will go to the exhibit’s host, the Arkansas Mentoring and Networks Association Inc. Hearne is at 500 President Clinton Ave. in the Museum Center.

Coincidentally, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is showing the film “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 13 in the Union Theater. Till was a 14-year-old boy who was abducted, beaten and shot to death for whistling at a white woman in Money, Miss., in 1955. Withers’ photographs of the trial of all white defendants (they were acquitted), which ran in black newspapers North and South, are widely known.

Also Friday night: River Market Artspace features watercolor and mixed media paintings by Selma Blackburn in a show titled “Imagine That!” Blackburn will be on hand for the show opening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show runs through May 6. The Historic Arkansas Museum will also be open late for 2nd Friday Art Night; on exhibit will be recent acquisitions to the Museum’s collection, “Sitting Pretty, Sitting Plain: Seating from the Permanent Collection” and the “Pez collections of David Simpson and Brian Cormack.” In North Little Rock, galleries along Main will be open for the Argenta Art Walk.

Silverpoint artist Marjorie Williams-Smith will show work in Gallery II in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Fine Arts Building April 16 through May 28. Williams-Smith is known for ethereal fine-lined botanical images and landscapes. A reception is set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 in the gallery.

In Gallery I, the 2006 UALR Student Competitive Exhibit features photography, painting, drawing, prints, ceramics and sculpture. Thom Hall, Arkansas Art Center registrar, was juror.

Little Rock ceramic artist Helen Phillips is showing work through May 3 at the L. Ross Gallery, 5040 Sanderlin Ave. in Memphis.


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